Benavides will stay on as selectman
March 10, 2010
Former chair of the School Board Margo Weeks challenged incumbent Gus Benavides for the open Board of Selectmen seat, and although the numbers were close, Benavides came out on top.
Joe Hoffman ran for the three-year selectman seat as well, as he does every year, but lost with 42 votes. Weeks came in a close second with 633 votes, and Benavides received 716 votes.
Benavides said he knew he had his work cut out for him when his term expired and he was up for re-election, especially when Weeks decided to run for the same position.
"I want to thank Margo Weeks for running a tough campaign. She is a classy woman. I appreciate the positive campaign she ran, and I thank her for her years on the School Board," said Benavides.
After standing outside in the cold for 12 hours with support from his family, Benavides said he was more than excited to hear the news last Tuesday night.
"Obviously, I am very, very excited. I want to thank the Gilford voters for entrusting me with another three years," said Benavides.
He said he would also like to thank those who endorsed him including the Taxpayers Association, the Gilford Island Association, and the Gilford Fire Department.
"Without them, this would have been a more difficult race. I want to thank all the voters who believed I was a true fiscal conservative, and believed in me," said Benavides. "I can assure all the residents I will continue to put every Gilford family first."
Benavides said he also wanted to ensure employees that he would make the town "the best place to work," a place where employees needs would be met, and where they would have a voice.
Benavides said with the economy, his main focus is to continue to save the town money, yet still keep the residents and the employees satisfied with a "fiscally conservative" attitude.
Although Weeks will not be the next selectman, she did put up a good fight, and the numbers ended in a close call. Weeks said she is relieved the campaign process is over, and even though things did not go her way, she can relax a bit now and plan out her next steps.
"Voters voted, and the results came out the way they did. It is nice that I can plan my time now," said Weeks. "I enjoyed serving on the School Board all nine years."
Weeks had said during her campaign that it was time to move on from her nine-year seat on the School Board, and time for another member to step up as Chair of the School Board.